Sister Sydney Barber

Sister Sydney Barber
Sister Sydney Barber

Monday, March 28, 2016


     This week was really really wonderful. So much happened! Here, let me tell you about it:
  1. This week we met with Savannah &Shanaia (the two girls I mentioned last week) and their mom sat in on the lesson. Then, something interesting happened.. we found out that Savannah and her older brother Toni are already members. So, we had to find their records and everything. The mom softened up a lot though, last time we were there, and said she would come to church with them this week. Kind of a huge miracle, if you ask me. :)
  2. Trisha, the investigator that is a heavy smoker, came to church again and committed to a date. She is going to be baptized on June 5th. I really feel good about that date, because we had her choose it and pray about it. She is so excited to reach that goal. I know that she will hit it, if she continues to keep her commitments to Heavenly Father.
  3. There is a woman that just moved into our ward and she is super inactive. So, we went to find her. However, the address that we had for her was kind of non-existent... So, we decided to try the house number that was closest to the one we had for her. There were some guys in front of the house, and they were like, "Are you looking for someone?'' So we told him,
                      "Yes. Is there a Robin that lives here?" and he said,
                      "Yes. Up those stairs." So we walked up the stairs and knocked on the door. A little boy answered the door and we asked him if his mom was home and he said no. So then we asked if there is a Robin that lives there and he said yeah. Then Robin came to the door....It was a guy... yeah. So, we asked if we could come back and share the gospel with their family and they said yes. Super crazy! Two Robins!
         4. We had zone conference and got the Tiwi system installed in our car. Basically, it is a little black box that sits on the left hand corner of your windshield and yells at you if you drive bad. Luckily, I haven't been yelled at yet.... 
         5. The General Women's Broadcast! It was really wonderful!!! I learned so much. I wish some of our investigators would have been able to go. Hopefully they will be able to go to both sessions of General Conference.

  Well, that's all I have time for today. I am so excited for General Conference! I know that it is going to help a lot of our investigators and myself. I hope you are all doing great! I love you all!!

Love, Sister Barber

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


     This week was really wonderful! Here's why:
  • There is an investigator who has been investigating the church for over 7 years. She wants to be baptized, but she is a heavy smoker. She is trying really hard to quit though, and she came to church and LOVED it. She has a lot of good friends in the ward, so that helps a lot too. She's amazing. I know that she will be able to achieve the baptismal goal, if she is really serious about it.
  • There are these two girls who have a really tough family life, but their mom let them come to church. They seemed to really like it. I know that the gospel is just what they need to help them to stay on the right track, so that they can have good lives. I have had to pray a lot about them, because there is only so much we can do. I am truly being tested on my trust in Heavenly Father. I know that he will help them, if we do all that we possibly can.
  • We met with a boy named Tama. He is 11 years old and really likes the LDS church. He is the only one at home, with his parents, now. We have an appointment this week with him, so we are hoping that his parents will be as receptive as he is.
  • Our zone hit all of our goals this week, so we are going to be having pancakes with the Warners. That'll be fun. 
  • Sis. Alldredge and I taught Relief Society. The women really opened up and it was a very spiritual lesson. We have such amazing women in our ward. it may be a small group, but I know that they each make a big difference in the lives of others.
I have been thinking a lot this week about timing. I am so grateful to know that Heavenly Father has perfect timing for me. I don't need to stress about time. He will take care of me in His time, as long as I am diligent in what he needs me to do right now. I want to do all that He has sent me on Earth to do, whenever He wants it done. I like to control everything, but being on a mission has really taught me that the only thing I can really control is myself. I have to be content with that. When I am able accept that, I find so much peace, because I know that Heavenly Father is in control of everything else. I have to trust that that means that I will be okay no matter what happens around me, or even to me. I have seen miracles in not only my life, but in the lives of others as well, when we just trust in Heavenly Fathers wisdom and timing. 

I love you all! I hope you are having a great week and that you have a wonderful Easter. 

Love, Sister Barber

Tuesday, March 15, 2016



    So, There have been some changes. The day before transfers, President called me and told me that the sister who was supposed to be with me needed to go off island, so now I am with Sister Alldredge. She is so great! We are pretty different, but we get along really well. I think it will be really good for me to be with someone who is a lot different than me. I miss Sister Jolley a lot, but we have been so busy! Here are some of the highlights of last week:

  1. We had so many appointments this week! Almost all of the appointments that we had planned fell through, but we ended up having appointments with other people instead. We met a lot of people who seem really interested. Hopefully some of them will progress as we meet with them.
  2. We had an appointment with a man named Aki. He is Chuukese. We talked to him about the Family: a Proclamation to the World. He loved it. He said that he is going to read it with his family. 
  3. We haven't heard from Lovelynn since we did the chapel tour Monday... She isn't responding to any phone calls or anything.. I am a little worried, but I know that whatever Heavenly Father's timing is, it is the perfect timing. I am being taught patience, that's for sure. 
  4. The bishop's kids call me Sister Barbie. Something so funny happened at church! The youngest boy saw me right after the sacrament was finished, and he yells: "Mom! Sister Barbie is here!" I tried so hard not to laugh! I think he got embarrassed when people kept bringing it up in front of him, because he didn't talk to me for the rest of the day. hahaha so cute.
  5. We met with a woman who has struggled a lot since she was baptized. She kind of disappeared a while back, but now she wants to become active again and work towards the temple. I am really excited for her to start making changes in her life. She is so amazing!
  6. There is so much work to do! I know this transfer is going to fly, which is why there is absolutely no time to waste! Busy busy busy! :)
Well, I hope that you are all well! I will try to send some pictures next week. I need to get better about doing that... Love you all!!!

Sister B

Monday, March 7, 2016


 This week, I am going to be honest, was kind of a blur. It was such a busy week! We had so many appointments! We were able to see a lot of wonderful people, so that's good. So, here we go:
  1. Sister Rowland:
  • We went out with Sister Rowland, so we could see some of the ladies on her visiting teaching route. It was really neat, because Sister Jolley and I have been trying to get ahold of one of the ladies for a long time. She just lost her husband, and it has been so hard on her. We had a really good lesson though with her. She seemed to really get a lot out of it.
  • We met with another Sister who's kids have been struggling, but now she is flying to the mainland, because their family is getting baptized!
       2. Lynda:
  • We met a former investigator named Lynda. She is interesting.. I'll tell you more about her next week.
       3. Transfers:
  • Sister Jolley is going to Kona to finish her mission. :(
  • I am training a Tongan sister from California. 
  • It's super bitter-sweet. 
  • Bitter: Sister Jolley is leaving
  • Sweet: I will be in Waianae for more than a third of my mission.
That is, unfortunately, all I have time for today. I hope that you are all safe, and enjoying life. I love you all! Until next week,

Sister Barber